In case you’re in it, you may as effectively try to win it.
That’s the perspective Brentford are taking forward of the 2021/22 season, says Bees striker Ivan Toney.
For a membership that’s by no means performed within the Premier League and hasn’t even been within the prime tier of English soccer since 1947, this may appear a far-fetched aspiration to say the least.
Toney and Brentford realise that they’re not one of many prime title contenders proper now however they’re not there to make up the numbers.
On his and Brentford’s goals for the season, Toney instructed talkSPORT: “For the membership, to win the league.
“We’re not going into the league to try to end simply above the relegation zone, we wish to end as excessive as doable which is clearly first place.
“However we all know it’s going to be a large ask, it’s going to be a troublesome one. We’re going to return up in opposition to the very best gamers on this planet however we’ve simply received to concentrate on what we do finest and that’s aggressive soccer. Now we have a robust squad so who is aware of what we are able to obtain.
“Personally I simply wish to stay wholesome all through the season, keep centered, get a good quantity of objectives and do effectively for my workforce.”
And to these tipping Brentford to go straight again right down to the Championship, Toney added: “Wait and see.
“There are at all times going to be individuals who count on you to go straight again down simply because we’ve by no means been there. However we’re hungrier than ever to stay a Premier League membership. There are folks that can at all times doubt us however we don’t hearken to the haters.”
Toney is greater than raring to go forward of Brentford’s season opener having solely tasted a mixed ten minutes of Premier League soccer in his profession to this point.
The 25-year-old received a transfer to Newcastle as a young person in August 2015, nevertheless, solely made 4 appearances throughout his three-year spell with them.
His time with Newcastle was largely spent away from the north east having been loaned out on six separate events. Becoming a member of Peterborough proved to be an enormous second for Toney as he went to Brentford two years later.
Toney says he doesn’t have regrets from what occurred earlier in his profession however admits he received wrapped up in being at a Premier League membership as a teenager.
On the teachings he discovered at Newcastle, he stated: “It wouldn’t have made me the person I’m right this moment, it taught me rather a lot.
“All these loans I went on taught me as effectively. They helped me in my recreation and helped me progress faster.
“Simply since you’re at a Premier League membership, doesn’t imply you’re a Premier League participant. I used to be a bit naïve on the time, being 19 going right into a Premier League workforce and everybody speaking about me, it was arduous to not get caught up in that.
“It’s a disgrace to say that I did get caught up in that and it knocked me again after I went to a League One facet completely.
“I wouldn’t change something that I’ve accomplished as a result of I wouldn’t be right here as a Premier League striker. Who is aware of what path I may have gone down?”
Now again within the massive time – and he’ll be be hoping that will probably be for a very long time to return – Toney needs to problem himself in opposition to the very best within the enterprise.
On who he’s trying ahead to developing in opposition to probably the most, he stated: “I’d say Virgil van Dijk.
“There’s all this discuss of him getting the very best of the vast majority of strikers so I’d wish to be one in all few to get the higher of him! It’ll be a troublesome one however I’m excited.”
Earlier than discovering a method to get previous the Liverpool colossus, Toney should take into consideration the Arsenal defence.
The Bees tackle the Gunners within the opening match of the season in entrance of what is going to be a raucous Brentford Group Stadium crowd below the lights on Friday night time.
As Brentford’s designated penalty taker, Toney joked he needs his facet to be awarded an early and a late penalty however warned he and his teammates ought to concentrate on enjoying the identical method that received them to the place they’re in now.
Toney stated: “It’s going to be thrilling. We shouldn’t get caught within the event, now we have to pay attention.
“It is going to be robust and a bit surreal for some gamers, if not the vast majority of us, however I really feel like now we have to remain calm and do what we’ve been engaged on all through pre-season.
“I’m positive we’ll be alright. Not simply this recreation however all through the season.”
It’s extra of an alright begin if they will beat Arsenal. In spite of everything, a win will put Brentford within the actual spot they’re aiming to be at come the tip of the season!
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